Primary 2 are very excited to find out their new learning context is Dinosaurs. They came into their classroom to find some rather interesting clues about their new topic. A really large egg was found and the class thought it was way too big to belong to a chick. There was also a tray with sand and they had to dig for their next clue – they found a huge bone and sharp tooth! The clues were beginning to become clear. Next to the egg there was a question mark with small dinosaur information cards surrounding it. The boys and girls are excited to become dinosaur experts and turn their classroom into a museum.
This week, P2 enjoyed a visit from RHET (Royal Highland Educational Trust). They participated in an oatcake and butter making workshop where they discussed where our food comes from. The children learned that arable farmers grow crops and they used the crops to make oatcakes. As well as that, they also learned that dairy cows need milked at least twice a day. They used cream and a little water to make their own fresh butter. It was super easy!
Primary 2 have also been busy trying some new foods. Everyone was open minded about trying new things. First up they tried some gluten free and vegetarian haggis with neeps. Most children enjoyed the gluten free haggis and not many enjoyed the vegetarian option. Afterwards the children tried a sweet oatcake then a variety of fruits that we would find in other countries. Some children were so proud of themselves for trying something new. Well done P2K!
Primary 2 are enjoying their magical learning context – Fairyland. They have enjoyed receiving letters from the friendly dragon, as well as hunting for fairytale characters around the school. The friendly dragon wants the children to keep reading and believing in fairytale stories, so along with clues we have been exploring some well-loved fairytales. The children have been developing their understanding of describing character and setting and will use this learning to help them write their own story, very soon.
‘Our topic is Fairyland and we have been reading lots of fairytale stories, my favourite has been Little Red Riding Hood. A friendly dragon has asked us to turn our classroom into Fairyland and read lots! I really enjoyed doing art. I chose oil pastel and watercolour to decorate my dragon art.’ Anna (P2K)
In P2 we have been learning about our rights. We have the right to learn, to play and to be heard. There are lots more including the right to have nutritious food and we were sad to learn that not everyone had this right met. Some people don’t get any or enough food, even here in Scotland!
We decided we wanted to help. So in class we learned about Start-up Stirling and Colin from the charity came in to talk to us. They are a charity who run a food bank to give food to people in Stirling and Dunblane who can’t afford to buy food. Last year they gave food to around 750 children in our area – that is like them feeding the whole of our school and Dunblane Primary.
In order to provide food they rely on donations from people like us so we asked everyone to donate food as part of our Harvest Service.
We made posters and displayed them around school and went to talk to each class about what to bring. We also talked at the service about Start Up Stirling.
Newton children were very generous and brought lots of tins, cereal and rice to our Harvest Service. There were 4 tables full of food!
Thank you to everyone who helped us support Start-Up Stirling.
On Thursday the 17th of May, both P1 classes became teachers for the afternoon. Our parents visited our classes and had a look at the work we had undertaken in our learning about woodlands and the Enchanted Forest. Our parents then walked with us up to Dykedale woods and the children explained about the art of Andy Goldsworthy and his use of nature in “transient art”. In creative partnerships with fellow pupils, and demonstrating to admiring parents, we made pieces of art from found materials in the woods.
Hannah M said ” We made things from wood, sticks, moss, acorns and stones. ”
George added ” I felt excited about making something with my mum. We used sticks, beech nuts and leaves to make a pattern. ”
Grace M commented ” We made lots of pieces of artwork, including shelters, sculptures, dens, love hearts, fairy house and bug houses. ”
It was a very special afternoon for everyone involved.
On Tuesday 24th of April, Primary One classes were astonished to find two elves in their rooms. Bramble Berry and Sweet Pea had both arrived accompanied by a letter explaining that they would like to spend some time a school and had chosen our kind, helpful pupils. Each week a letter has arrived from the respective elves which has caused great excitement! We have been set challenges which involve lots of writing, researching woodlands and many arts and crafts which support our big challenge of creating an enchanted forest.
The pupils are really enjoying having the elves to stay. We will keep you updated on the adventures of our wonderful elves.
We have been hard at work exploring the forces which make our toys move. We used a variety of PE equipment and toys in the playground. We also prepared talks on a special toy from home and shared that information in class.
“If you push a car hard it goes faster and further.” – Esme
“I had a helicopter which , when you pulled a strap, flew up in to the air” – Keir
” Pushing, pulling and twisting are all types of movement.” – Hayden
“It is fun to learn about each other’s toys!” commented Lleyton
As part of our investigations in to materials in the world around us, Mr Herriot of Harbro (Lillian’s grandpa) came to explain the manufacturing process involved in producing animal feed. Natural materials such as oats, barley, wheat, peas, sunflower seeds and molasses are part of the special recipes which mixed together make a man made material – feed for cows, sheep, hens , pigs, horses and goats.
“We got to feel all the stuff which goes in to the feed” – Jackson
” Mr Herriot had posters showing the machines” – Murray
We had a fantastic visit from Mrs Wyroslawska who shared the family’s amazing visit to Ghana with us. Mrs Wyroslawska went to learn drumming and dance from local musicians and dancers in Tafi Atome, a village in Ghana. We learned lots about wildlife seen, the local school and the community of Tafi Atome.
Pupils then were taught a dance accompanied by a drum.
Callum said “It was awesome.”
A safe and trusting environment where our young people can learn, unlearn and relearn.